As a wine geek, that live life to the fullest bit can be a little challenging. I mean, there are so many great wine experiences out there waiting for you, from visits to wineries to grand tasting adventures, that it can be difficult to put things in perspective. I mean, how are you supposed to allocate your resources towards all this grand living?
Well, I can help a little, but not too much. I certainly can give you suggestions about where to go, and who to visit, but the truth of the matter is that there are more great wine events every year than I can keep track, much less attend. But that doesn’t mean I can’t share with you my dream list of wine events in January that I wish I could attend!
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Zinfandel Jan 31- Feb 2
Let’s kick things off with the 22nd annual Zinfandel Festival in San Francisco. If you’re a Zin fan this is the place to be. Over three days you’ll be able to dive deeply into all things Zinfandel, including food and wine pairings, regional tastings, wine maker dinners and of course the grand tasting featuring 100s of great wines. This is one tasting I almost definitely will be at this year, how about you?
Caribbean Jan 17-20
More of a food than wine festival, the Cayman Cookout still makes the list, if for no other reason than it’s sooo cold here in New York and so warm in the Caribbean! Add in an almost endless array of great food, wonderful presenters, and fabulous beverages and you really can’t miss with this weekend getaway. Also, it’s warm there. Did I mention that?
Snow Jan 24-27
So, it may be warm in the Caribbean, but there’s only so many months a year for great skiing, and January being one of them I wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to hit the slopes instead of the sands. No worries, you can still get your wine geek on. Check out Beaver Creek’s Food & Wine Festival featuring gourmet lunches to punctuate your ski days, and a grand tasting featuring chefs from around the world.
Beaver Creek Food & Wine Weekend
Back to the Beach Jan 11-19
I can only tolerate so much skiing, so I’m headed back to the beach for a week of laid back culinary treats on Key Largo and Islamorada. This is the food and wine event for people who don’t want to focus their weekend around food and wine, but still like to indulge their senses. Between great meals at local restaurants and the grand tasting, you can sit on the beach and soak in the sun, scuba or snorkel, go fishing, or visit the many galleries, shops and parks that make this part of the Florida Keys special.
Uncorked Food and Wine Festival
Southwest Style Jan 30- Feb 2
One last event here, and for balance we’re going back to the slopes to visit Taos for their annual Winter Wine Festival. Taos is intimate, which explains the scale of these tastings. In addition to the usual fare of fine restaurant meals and walk around wine tasting, Taos offers the connoisseur something more. Consider your options: Wines of Spain Masterclass, A Spottswoode Vertical, a world tour of syrah, blind style, and so much more. This is one helluva wine event!
Taos Winter Wine Festival